8:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT October 17, 2019
National Press Club, Washington DC

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About The Event

This year, the 2nd edition, themed "UNLOCKING THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP" will take place at the prestigious National Press Club, in Washington D.C United States. The forum will feature electrifying panel debates, CEO Masterclass for Growth and the AfCFTA Media Dialogue Pre-Launch.

The Diaspora Today CEO Forum is the leading global African diaspora forum dedicated to inspiring the African diaspora communities worldwide yearly.

The Diaspora Today CEO Forum has a unique ability to mobilize, engage, connect and leverage the global African diaspora. It is committed to unlocking the power of partnership by promoting entrepreneurship, SMEs; high-level panel discussion with top CEO's, business leaders and creates real sustainable economic value.

In August 2018, the Diaspora Today CEO Forum held its first edition at the African Union Mission in Washington D.C where it launched The African Diaspora Distinguished Leadership Award honoring excellence in global African diaspora leadership and Africa's economic development.

Selected global African Diaspora business leaders will be honored with the prestigious African Diaspora Distinguished Leadership Award and more.

Why Attend?

✔ Build relationship with stakeholders from all over the world

✔ Networking with business leaders, policy makers, CEO's and top opinion shapers in business world

✔ Opportunity to meet with African companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and professionals to foster business relationships and stimulate the African economic growth.


National Press Club,
529 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20045
United States


Thursday, October 17, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Event Speakers and Award Recipients

Speaker - Benedict Okey Oramah

Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah

President & Chairman of the Board of Directors African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Speaker - County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks,

Angela D. Alsobrooks

County Executive, Prince George's County

Speaker - Shaka Ssali

Shaka Ssali

Host VOA's Straight Talk Africa

Speaker - Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam

Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah

Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States of America

Speaker - Walla Elsheikh

Walla Elsheikh

Co-Founder and CEO of Birthright AFRICA

Speaker - Abdi Abajabal

Abdi Abajabal

Founder and President
Oasis Powerhouse & OASIS Jimma

Speaker - Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu

Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu

National President of Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA)

Speaker - Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam

Eritrean Permanent Representative to
The United Nations

Speaker - Michael A. Griffin

Michael A. Griffin

CEO Ashanti Produce International Inc.

Speaker - Elvis N. Dennah, MS

Elvis N. Dennah, MS

African Diaspora Liaison Office of the County Executive Prince George’s County, MD

Speaker - Will O. Jawando

Will O. Jawando

Montgomery County Council Member

Speaker - AbdulRasheed A. Abubakar

AbdulRasheed A. Abubakar

Host - The Diaspora Today CEO Forum

Event Venue

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National Press Club, Washington DC

The National Press Club is one of the nation's leading conference centers and event facilities, providing state-of-the-art service in an elegant and historic setting.

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